Mick Fanning advances to the quarter-finals of the World Surf League J-Bay Open, the event where he was attacked by a shark in 2015.
Fanning advances to quarter-finals in South Africa
SHOWS: JEFFREYS BAY, SOUTH AFRICA (JULY 9, 2016)(WORLD SURF LEAGUE- BROADCASTER AND DIGITAL: FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY)
1. MICK FANNING WALKING WITH SURFBOARD AT J-BAY OPEN WORLD SURF LEAGUE EVENT WHERE HE WAS ATTACKED BY A SHARK LAST YEAR
2. FANNING (RED JERSEY-AUSTRALIA) SURF RUN 1
3. FANNING SURF RUN 2 (FROM WATER CAM)
4. FILIPE TOLEDO (BLUE JERSEY-BRAZIL) SURF RUN
5. KELLY SLATER (RED JERSEY-USA) SURF RUN
6. SLATER SURF RUN 2 (FROM WATER CAM)
7. JORDY SMITH (RED JERSEY-SOUTH AFRICA) SURF RUN
STORY: Mick Fanning managed to avoid any unwanted attention from sharks Saturday (July 9) as he advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Surf League J-Bay Open in South Africa.
The 35-year-old Australian was attacked by what appeared to be a white shark in the final round of last year’s event, forcing its cancellation.
Fanning was physically unhurt in the attack but decided not to compete full time in the 2016 WSL season and the J-Bay Open is just his third event of the year.
The three time WSL champ will now face Brazilian Filipe Toledo in a quarter-final matchup.